Yosemite Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Places to Hike in North America
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Free Things To Do in Yosemite

If you have extra time, Glacier Point is worthwhile.
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    Yosemite Valley
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    Unless you are solely planning backcountry expeditions during your trip to Yosemite, chances are you'll end up in Yosemite Valley at one point or another. That's because Yosemite Valley features much of the park's top attractions, includingTunnel View Outlookand a handful of Yosemite's most famous waterfalls, includingVernal Fall, Nevada Fall,

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    Tunnel View Outlook
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    Along withGlacier Point, Tunnel View is widely considered to be the most popular outlook in all of Yosemite. From its vantage point, travelers get an eyeful of the majestic Yosemite Valley, complete with views of famous park sites, such asHalf Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall. What's more, the outlook

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    Glacier Point
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    Glacier Point is considered one of the best and most comprehensive lookouts in Yosemite. Visitors regularly describe Glacier Point's sweeping, panoramic vistas as "breathtaking," calling it a truly can't-miss spot in the park. From Glacier's vantage point, visitors are treated to panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, as well as landmarks

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    Tuolumne Meadows
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    In the east section of the park you'll find Tuolumne Meadows, known for being one of the Sierra Nevada's largest high-elevation meadows at 8,600 feet. Here, you'll find plenty of scenery to write home about, including the peaceful grasslands, lush forests, windy, bubbling rivers and creeks and scenic mountainscapes. You can experience

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    Mist Trail
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    The Mist Trail is one of the park's most popular trails. What makes The Mist Trail so unique is not its sites–Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall–but how you get there. To get to the top of the falls, hikers must climb a 600-step granite staircase that snakes right up alongside

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    Mariposa Grove
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    "Giant" seems to be an understatement for this expansive grove of Sequoia trees in the southernmost section of Yosemite. Mariposa is one of three groves in the park where visitors can view sequoia trees. The distinction between Mariposa Grove and the others is that Mariposa is the largest, housing about 500

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